Malay Munchies

Rating: NNNNNHere are some other eateries that offer sensations from Singapore.JEAN'S FINE FOODS CATERING (2326 Danforth, at Woodington, 416-422-0617) The.


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Here are some other eateries that offer sensations from Singapore.

JEAN’S FINE FOODS CATERING (2326 Danforth, at Woodington, 416-422-0617) The pair responsible for two of Toronto’s pioneering Thai-Malay restaurants — Rasa Sayang and Sawasdee — return with this low-key eat-in/take-away featuring the street foods of Singapore. Unless fired with hot sauce, most dishes come moderately spiced. Best: Mee Goreng (saucy and slightly curried udon noodles mixed with shredded shrimp and chicken) deep-fried bean curd with chewy black Chinese mushrooms, broccoli and red pepper vegetarian spring rolls stuffed with carrot, cabbage, glass noodles and yellow split peas dunked in garlicky honey dip spice-tacular homemade hot sauce bottled in-house curry paste and powder. Complete meals for $10 per person, including all taxes and tip. Open Tuesday to Sunday 5 to 10 pm. Closed Monday and holidays. Unlicensed. Access: bump at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN

MATAHARI (39 Baldwin, at Henry, 416-596-2832) The only exclusively Malaysian spot in town, this five-year-old bistro serves first-rate dishes mixing Malay, Thai, Indian and Chinese flavours. But unless you ask otherwise, your meal will be as under-spiced as Geri Halliwell’s solo career. Best: Casbah cashew chicken with peppers, onions, nuts and ‘shrooms with tart tamarind bite Sambal with garlicky grilled shrimp, crunchy green beans and shallots dwarf bananas sauteed in rum and Kahlua. Complete dinners for $35 per person ($17 at lunch), including all taxes, tip and a glass of wine or bottle of beer. Open for lunch Tuesday to Friday noon to 2:30 pm, for dinner Tuesday to Sunday 5 to 10 pm. Closed Monday and long-weekend Sundays. Fully licensed. Access: steep ramp at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN

RED TEA BOX (696 Queen West, at Euclid, 416-203-8882) A luxe home-decor boutique selling imported teas and pastries becomes downtown’s most elegant spot for superb Japanese-Indian lunches and afternoon tea on the terrace or lounging in its breezy coach house. Warning: With only eight tables for two and no reservations, join the queue. Best: lacquered bento boxes laden with treats like red-pepper-wrapped shrimp, crisp green beans over caramelized red onion, lamb curry (or vegetarian cauliflower) and basmati rice layered with shiso leaf and tiny lotus root Indo-spiced grilled chicken breast sandwich with onion marmalade on raisin-studded sour dough intense chocolate brownies and apricot ‘n’ green tea frangiapane. Complete lunches for $20 per person, including all taxes, tip and tea. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm. Closed Tuesday and holidays. Unlicensed. Access: one step at door, small washroom on same floor, four steps to terrace, and another four steps to coach house. Rating: NNNNN

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